SEAN SPICER DENIES ANY LINK BETWEEN TRUMP’S HATEFUL RHETORIC AND THE RACIST ATTACK ON INDIAN-AMERICA

Two days after an Indian engineer was murdered and another injured in an apparent case of racial-related violence, the White House on Friday rejected the suggestion that the incident may have been caused by the anti-immigration climate created by President Donald Trump.

Asked whether the “rhetoric that the President or that generally has been out here recently could have contributed in any way” to the murder of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas on Wednesday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: “I mean, obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, that kind of — to suggest that there’s any correlation, I think, is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that.”

President Donald Trump did not tweet on the Kansas attack even after it was prominently covered across U.S. media platforms even as he responded to gun violence in Chicago the same evening with a tweet: “Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there — totally out of control. Chicago needs help!”

Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Navtej Sarna told an audience that included 27 U.S. State Governors on Friday evening that India was confident that American administrators would take necessary measures to ensure that such incidents were not repeated.

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